Speakers & Events

The Young Initiative invites foreign policy experts and guest speakers to campus to engage in discussions on international relations and the global political economy with students and faculty.

Young speakers give students and faculty an opportunity to expand their understanding of global issues. The Young Initiative sponsors several speakers each academic year highlighting particular aspects of global affairs and the global political economy.  The Young Speakers program is devoted to highlighting the work and success of eminent international affairs experts and Oxy alumni in public service and academia.

Momin Rahman
September 26, 2019

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Dr. Momin Rahman, a professor of sociology at Trent University, lectured students on Queer Muslim Challenges to the Understanding of LGBT Rights: decolonizing human rights through intersectionality. In his talk, Professor Rahman identified issues that the queer Muslim community faces and offered solutions to empower the community.

Professor Alison Brysk
September 12, 2019

On September 3, Alison Brysk, a leading researcher and professor of human rights, spoke at Occidental College on the topic of reproductive rights regression.

Steven Jensen
September 9, 2019

Dr. Steven Jensen of the Danish Institute for Human Rights presented a narrative of human rights which highlights new scholarship on the Global South's important role.

June 18, 2019

Juergen Pelzer, Professor Emeritus

Terra Lawson-Remer
April 25, 2019

Dr. Lawson-Remer's experience includes serving as a Senior Advisor to Obama's Treasury Department, an award-winning author, and an innovative political organizer.

Angela Stent
April 17, 2019

Angela Stent is a foreign policy expert specializing in US and European relations with Russia and Russian foreign policy.

David Goldblatt
April 4, 2019

David Goldblatt visited Occidental College on April 1, 2019 to give a talk regarding contemporary football (soccer) and how it operates within the globalized world we live in today.

April 1, 2019

David Goldblatt is a University Lecturer, sociologist, journalist, and author. In 2015, Goldblatt won the William Hill  Book of Sports Award of the Year for "The Game of our lives" and was acclaimed by the Sunday Times as "the best football historian there has ever been."


Jeremy Kagan
March 26, 2019

Jeremy Kagan is a film and television director, writer and producer. He is the Founder of the Change Making Media Lab and Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts, USC. He is the Chairperson of Special Projects for the DGA.

Kelly Gallagher
March 25, 2019

Kelly Sims Gallagher ‘95 came back to Oxy to discuss environmental diplomacy in the context of U.S.-China relations as detailed in her recent book co-authored by Xiaowei Xuan: Titans of the Climate: Explaining Policy Process in the United States and China.